MEET MAYA

MILAN BASED JEWELLERY DESIGNER


HOW DID YOU CHOOSE JEWELLERY FOR YOUR PROFESSION?

Fashion and design are in my blood. My great grandmother was the most appreciated hat maker in the beautiful Austro-hungarian town of Subotica, my birthplace. While my mother is a real magician in making jewellery and clothes from objects found in nature, and in matching unexpected materials.

‍ On the other hand, I believe that surrounding can make a huge impact on our aesthetical literacy. Being raised in a town many describe as a small gem of Art-Nouveau, I think I was also influenced by its fairy-tale Zolnyai ceramic roofs and façades, as well as Miksa Roth stained glass, all boast intense colors and shades full of sparkle when in touch with the light, just like my jewellery.

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Gemstones give me a lot, only looking at them I feel new energy,
and fill myself up with love, hope, faith and optimism!

HOW DID ACTUALLY HAPPEN YOUR FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH JEWELLERY?

‍I started to think of making jewellery myself, when at the age of 25 I developed a design for a turquoise ring, my friend’s father is a goldsmith in Novi Sad, where at that time I lived with my parents, he made the ring based on my design. Very soon after I started wearing it, Yves Saint Laurent coincidentaly launched exactly the same ring, that became their most sold jewellery item, I was astonished by the fact that I created something so unsual on my own, and a planetary famous YSL did just the same.

This is when I decided to learn goldsmithing myself, but my parents expected me to study, so I came to learning the goldsmithing craft only after acquiring a Bachelor degree in Business School Lausanne and a Master degree in Design and Fashion Management at Bocconi University in Italy.


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GOLDSMITHING SCHOOL IN MILAN "SCUOLA ORAFA AMBROSIANA"


WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF CREATING JEWELLERY FOR YOU?

Colour and light are so important for me. I was always fascinated by the sparkles of the gemstones that I looked at. Gemstones give me a lot, only looking at them I feel new energy, and fill myself up with love, hope, faith and optimism! So, I create pieces that allow the stone to have freedom, not imprisoned inside setting such as bezel, but just lightly connected with the tiny silver thread.

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ICON is a statement piece, yet easy and comfortable to wear and allowing the woman
wearing it to shine through it.

WHO DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR MIND WHEN DESIGNING YOUR JEWELLERY?

‍I never design something that I would not like to wear. In case of ICON I asked myself what is something that is my signature that I would like to keep forever. Looking at the medieval Byzantine frescos depicting female royal attire, I was inspired with the earrings I saw there. I was fascinated with the synthesis of opulence and graceful femininity.

It took me one year to complete the design of ICON, - I consider them objects that have a bit of both sculpture and fashion in them. ICON is a statement piece, yet easy and comfortable to wear and allowing the woman wearing it to shine through it.